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Plantin - Moretus Museum

Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
32 03 221 1450
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Ranked #2 of 81 Attractions in Antwerp
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin... more » Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company. « less
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum is simply awesome!!! It holds so many wonders that it is going to satisfy pretty much any curiosity. If you are looking to explore well preserved 400 years housing, then you have got it. If you are looking to see over 400 years old books, you have got that. If you want to see almost 500 years old... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Really worth a visit. Even if you stay just one day in antwerp, I think you should visit this museum. Wonderful stuff to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This museum has it all. Art, antiques, history, beautiful garden, and a lovely building(s). A must see in Antwerp.

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A wonderful place to explore at leisure if you love books and printing. There is so much more to explore: the building itself is a treasure and the furnishings are authentic to the period as well. The family--Plantin-Moretus printed and published some of Europe's most important works for over 300 years and many are on display. If you can manage... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was in intended destination on a recent Antwerp city visit with the teen age daughters of friends from Romania and The Netherlands. Presumably one must have a genuine interest in the history of printing from nearly year one. It is a genuine publishing house, type galleys, reading and editing rooms, and several floors to boot.

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

An amazing history of one of the oldest and most influential printers in the world. Highly recommended.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

17th century house used as a printers by Plantin and later Moretus. This is a must see if you visit Antwerp. There is a film show inside. Would advise watching this first before the tour. The film is set in the house in 17th Century Antwerp. All in a very worthwhile visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

"Why would a museum about printing receive such good reviews?" we wondered before our visit. Well, now that we've visited we support the excellent reviews wholeheartedly. This museum excels for several reasons. First of all, it contains fascinating exhibits - rare books, printing, equipment, a variety of old printed materials, period furniture and art, and gorgeous courtyard. Second of all,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This museum, dedicated to early printing, is a must-see. Even if you are not particularly interested in printing, it is incredibly atmospheric, and a beautiful example of a Flemish house with lovely courtyards and amazing rooms. It doesn't look too promising at first, but just keeps getting better and better.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A lovely - surprisingly large - old house with fascinating materials to do with early printing and old paintings and furniture belonging to the family who owned the building . I expected to go through briskly and be out quickly. Instead there were so many things to catch my attention that the visit ended up longer than expected.

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